Real Madrid were 1-0 winners against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The reigning French champions squandered many a goalscoring opportunities and ultimately succumbed to a fortunate strike from Los Blancos’ defender Nacho, who tried to cross the ball, but it ended up in the back of Kevin Trapp’s net to help Rafael Benitez’s men secure all three points from the encounter in the Spanish capital. In the other match of Group A, Shakhtar Donetsk secured their first European win of the campaign as they trounced Malmo 4-0 at home.
Manchester United were 1-0 winners against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford to secure their second win out of their first four Champions League games. PSV Eindhoven were 2-0 winners at the Phillips Stadion against Wolfsburg.
Kazakhstani champions FC Astana held Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid to a scoreless draw at home, having lost the corresponding fixture 4-0, the Champions League newcomers were expected to be at the receiving end of another defeat, but they held their own against the 2014 European Cup finalists to secure a valuable point from the game. Benfica were 2-1 winners against Galatasaray in the other game of Group C.
Borussia Monchengladbach held reigning Italian champion and 2015 Champions League finalists Juventus to a 1-1 draw at Borussia-Park on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Premier League table toppers Manchester City grabbed all three points from a difficult trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium against Sevilla courtesy of a 3-1 win. Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho and Wilfried Bony were the goalscorers for the Premier League giants.
On Wednesday, reigning Spanish and European champions Barcelona ran 3-0 winners over BATE Borisov at the Camp Nou. Neymar grabbed a brace for the Catalans while Luis Suarez completed the scoring with his solitary strike against the Belarusian giants. In the other match of Group E, Serie A giants Roma were 3-2 winners against Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen at the Olimpic Stadium. It was the first European win for the Giallorossi this term.
Bayern Munich spanked Arsenal 5-1 at the Allianz Arena. The reigning German champions fell 2-0 to the Gunners in their previous European encounter and avenged their loss in style at their home ground. Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Arjen Robben grabbed a goal apiece while Thomas Muller scored a brace in the encounter. The defeat has greatly compounded problems for Arsenal as they attempt to make it to the round of 16 from the group. In the other game of Group F, Olympiacos won 2-1 against Dinamo Zagreb.
Reigning English champions Chelsea won 2-1 against Ukrainian rivals Dynamo Zagreb at Stamford Bridge. The win has helped the Blues resurrect their European campaign as their struggles continue on the domestic front after they succumbed to yet another league defeat, this time against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. Maccabi Tel Aviv lost 3-1 to Porto at home.
Gent were 1-0 winners against Valencia while Zenit Saint Petersburg won 2-0 against Lyon in Group H.